Kenya // The Central Highlands //

Animal Orphanage and Wildlife Conservancy

As the zebra herds dwindled, so lions became a greater threat to livestock and the predators retreated, under fire, to the mountain forests and moors. These days, the non-profit Animal Orphanage and Wildlife Conservancy is doing good work with waifs and strays and has an active bongo breeding programme which is now working on reintroductions. The orphanage, resembling something out of Dr. Doolittle, hosts llamas, zehorse (zebra/horse), pygmy hippos, cheetahs, adorable patas monkeys and even the late William Holden’s 100-year-old tortoise.